Dear Hixters At Large --

The best made plans are sometimes intercepted by unforeseen forces.
Unfortunately this indeed applies to the present Hot Licks touring schedule.
Ill health has befallen me again. This time in the form of liver cancer.
I firmly believe that the proper treatment will take care of this problem but good.
In the meantime we're putting the Hot Licks gigs on hold until perhaps late summer -- doing a few local things for now.
Who knew? Certainly not me -- until recently.
So thanks for the support and we'll see ya soon.

Yours,
Dan H.



Dan Hicks makes it to Kate Wolf


Photo by William Cutlip

By William Cutlip, For the Ukiah Daily Journal
POSTED: 06/30/15, 8:21 AM PDT

There were any number of great moments at the 20th annual Kate Wolf Music Festival held this weekend in Laytonville, none of them better than any other. Seriously: How can you rank a lineup that included Angelique Kidjo, Charlie Musselwhite, Roy Rogers, The Wailin’ Jennys, Judy Collins, Holly Near, and Smokey Robinson? It was a highlight reel of highlight reels, a string of superlative performances by top-drawer artists.

But the most poignant performance had to be that of Dan Hicks. Just before the festival, visitors to the alt-folk icon’s web site were greeted with the words “Dear Hixters At Large — The best made plans are sometimes intercepted by unforeseen forces. Unfortunately this indeed applies to the present Hot Licks touring schedule. Ill health has befallen me again. This time in the form of liver cancer. I firmly believe that the proper treatment will take care of this problem but good. In the meantime we’re putting the Hot Licks gigs on hold until perhaps late summer — doing a few local things for now. Who knew? Certainly not me — until recently. So thanks for the support and we’ll see ya soon. Yours, Dan H.”

So a number of us festival goers — okay, me in particular, a Dan Hicks devotee since the mid ‘70s — approached this show with a certain amount of nervousness: Is our pal Dan okay?

And the answer came at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday: Dan is okay. He looked thin, his voice was not all that strong (and really, who’s voice is at 74?), but he clearly had a lot of fun, and unlike Judy Collins and Smokey Robinson, he remembered all his lyrics.
Hicks sat in a chair for the most part, but he managed to do a few dance moves during an inspired and hilarious rendition of “I Scare Myself” (“a song about — well, everything,” said Hicks in his intro), and just generally shone on the guitar and vocals.

It was a memorable moment in a fabulous festival. Yeah, it was a little warm — highs were in the mid 90s on Friday and Saturday, 90 on Sunday — and shade was at a premium. But attendance reportedly was the highest in the history of the festival, and the lineup was the best anywhere: One of the benefits of living in a part of the world where most people would live if they had the choice.

And it was a festival that could boast a performance by the amazing Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. What more could you want?

August 27 2015
THURSDAY
Dan Hicks & the Rhythm Rascals
Guerneville, CA
Sept. 4 2015
FRIDAY
Larkspur, CA
Dec. 12 2015
SATURDAY
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Auburn, CA

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